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Saturday August 19, 2017


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Princeton – Princeton Day School is delighted to welcome the following new trustees to our Board: Ashley Aitken-Davies, Lucy Englander van den Brand ’78, Karen Law, Oye Olukotun, and Lorraine Sciarra.

Ashley Aitken-Davies works as a financial consultant and private investor, in addition to volunteering at local not-for-profits. She worked in the investment banking and fixed income divisions at Goldman Sachs for nine years, and holds a BA from Colgate University. Ashley is the co-chair of the PDS Annual Fund Leadership Gift Committee, and the mother of three PDS students in the Lower School.

Lucy Englander van den Brand '78 is the owner of Cruise & Travel Experts, and received her BS in Business Administration from Ithaca College. Both an alum and past parent, Lucy has served in several volunteer roles, on the Development Committee of the Alumni Board, and will serve as the President of the Alumni Board for the next two years.

Karen Law is an attorney working in family law related matters through her law offices of Karen S. Law, LLC. She attended Colgate University and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was a member of the Maryland Law Review. Karen is the mother of three PDS students and an active volunteer at the School, serving as an Annual Fund Grade Captain and in several roles on the Parents Association Board. She will serve as the President-Elect of the Parents Association on the Board.

Oye Olukotun, MD, MPH, FACC is a Managing Partner of CR Strategies, LLC, a medical products consulting company, and the Vice Chairman of CardioVax Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative cardiovascular therapies. A past PDS parent, he received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and obtained a MPH degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the American Heart Association.

Lorraine Sciarra is an expert in non-profit law, and serves as the Vice President & General Counsel at National Audubon Society. Prior to Audubon, she was Senior University Counsel at Princeton University, and an associate at Morrison & Forester in San Francisco. Lorraine received her B.A. in Art History from Pomona College, her J.D. from Boston University, and an LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently Chair of the Board of the Wenner-Gren Foundation in New York City.

The Princeton Day School Board of Trustees promotes the school’s mission, appoints and oversees the head of school, establishes broad policies, plans strategically for the school’s future, and develops and stewards the school’s financial and capital resources. Composed of 25 members, including the Head of School, the Board of Trustees meets six times each year. Members, who serve three-year terms, are drawn from a variety of constituencies, including alumni, current and past parents and grandparents, and other friends of the school. The work of the board is completed through its standing committees, each of which meets regularly through the school year.

For more information, please visit www.pds.org/meet-the-board.

RVCC Planetarium Gears up for Viewing of Total Solar Eclipse


The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg will be heating up with excitement in August, as the Planetarium—and the rest of the country—prepare for a total Solar Eclipse on August 21. It is the first time in 99 years that the U.S. is experiencing a coast-to-coast total Solar Eclipse. While the “Path of Totality” for complete viewing of the Solar Eclipse will run diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina, New Jersey residents will see approximately 75 percent of the Sun covered by the Moon.


The public is invited to attend a free, safe viewing of the Solar Eclipse on August 21, from 1-4 p.m., at the RVCC Planetarium. Those attending will participate in the viewing outside the 3M Observatory, which is located next to the Planetarium.


In addition, many of the Planetarium’s shows throughout the month will include a five-minute “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment focusing on the Solar Eclipse. The following shows will be presented at the RVCC Planetarium in August:


Astronomy Tonight, Friday, August 4, at 8 p.m.
Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, learn about the upcoming Solar Eclipse and safe ways to view it; then experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult).


Laser Modern Rock, Friday, August 4, at 9 p.m.

Enjoy a laser show featuring such hits such as “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay, and “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” by Fall Out Boy. (Recommended for ages 10-adult)


To Worlds Beyond, Saturday, August 5, at 4 p.m.

Take a journey through the solar system. To Worlds Beyond features beautiful images taken from orbiting satellites blended with high-end animation and current information on our neighborhood of planets. The presentation includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 10-adult).


Sunstruck, Fridays, August 11 & 18, at 8 p.m.

Discover the wonders of the Sun, which radiates energy in all wavelengths. How does it produce energy? What are its different layers? The Sun’s incredible energy has supported life on Earth for millennia, but it is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our Sun's connection to the Universe's cosmic cycle of life and death. The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 10-adult).


Laser Beatles, Friday, August 11, at 9 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring songs from throughout the Beatles’ long career, including “Twist and Shout,” “Help!” and “Revolution.”


Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon laser concert, Friday, August 18, at 9 p.m.

Experience stellar sights and sounds while listening to Pink Floyd’s iconic album. Songs include “Speak to Me/Breathe,” “Time,” and “Money.”


The following shows have been specially designed for children:


Perfect Little Planet, Tuesdays, August 1, 8, at 2:30 p.m.; Fridays, August 4 & 11, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 5, at 2 p.m.
A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet; sail through the rings of Saturn; avoid Jupiter’s lightning storms. Which destination will the family choose? The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended for ages 6-12)


Laser Magic, Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, at 3:30 p.m.; Friday, August 11, at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a laser show featuring songs by a variety of artists including “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby, “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, and “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel. (Recommended for ages 6-12)


Earth, Moon, Sun, and Coyote, Tuesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, at 4:30 p.m.; Friday, August 18, at 7 p.m.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from Native American oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun, full-dome show that tells Native American stories; explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles; and examines how humans learn through space exploration. The show includes the “Countdown to the Eclipse” segment. (Recommended ages 8-12)